Not the Carnival Queen

Sunday sees Fowey’s annual Regatta come around once again. For a week in August every year, thousands – and we mean thousands, especially on Red Arrows day – of visitors  flock to the town to experience one of the premier events in the UK’s sailing calendar. Past visitors include Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the present monarch.

Fowey’s location overlooking our harbour provides a readymade arena to view the sailing, the ever popular Red Arrows display and the fireworks which bookend the week.

The non-sailing festivities, which run throughout the week, include crab catching, swimming across the river (cold) and a pasty eating competition (warmer but more disturbing). There is music on the town Quay most nights, ranging from rock bands to ‘the last night of the proms’, a carnival parade and the famous Flora Dance that culminates with the crowning of the Carnival Queen (not us this year, for a change). Why not join us for the week when Fowey lives up to its nickname of ‘a drinking town with a sailing problem’.

And what better memento to take away from a week of maritime based revels than some truly excellent maritime lighting? (Well we would suggest that. We’re next to Tourist Info, btw.)

Red Arrows image by Justin Mitchell

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